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Picnic starts village festival season

Posted on March 30 2017 at 10:59:00

Logo winners

Organisers of the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park are hoping that the winning entry in this year’s logo competition has correctly predicted the weather for the day. . .

Created by nine-year-old Eleanor Moody (above left), the design (below right) will be used to promote the event, which takes place in The Meadows, Alvechurch, on Sunday May 28.

This year, for the first time, the logo competition was run throughout the community, and not just in schools. Organisers say there was an incredible response, and the quality of entries was very high.

In second place was Emily Robbins (above centre), also nine, followed by six-year-old Evie Wise (above right).

In addition to the winners, the judges were compelled to offer commendations to Will Farmer (aged 10), Oliver Rudge (5), Winnie Padmore (8), Hannah Bowen (10) and Mari Porton (10).                 

Winning logo

All logo entries will be on display at the picnic to share with friends and family.

One of the exciting events this year is the “Best Go-Kart in Alvechurch” competition. Are you a budding designer? A speed merchant perhaps? Brilliant at building? Or do you just like having fun?

To enter, all you need is a hand-built go-kart capable of racing 40 metres on grass, powered only by people pushing.

You must register before May 14. Entry forms, guidance and rules can be found at or email alvechurch .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The ever-popular raffle is back this year, and tickets will be on sale soon. This year the showstopper prize is a day’s boat hire from Alvechurch Marina, along with many other fantastic prizes.

For the third time Alvechurch’s dog show returns, starting ahead of the Picnic at 11am.

The classes are as follows: Best Rescue or Veteran (over eight years old); Best Puppy (under 12 months); Best Junior Handler (under 12 years old); Prettiest Bitch; Handsomest Dog; Scruffiest Mutt, and Waggiest Tail. Entry forms can be found on the Picnic website and Facebook page.

More exciting events will be taking place throughout the Village area as spring turns to summer.

First up is Lickey Festival, which aims to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event – this will be on Sunday June 11 from 12noon to 4pm at Lickey Hills Primary School, and this year’s theme is “Farmyard and Scarecrows”.

Volunteers are needed; email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you can help.

The following weekend, on Saturday June 17, it’s Blackwell Festival, taking place once more in the field off St Catherine’s Road.

This year it’s being billed as a “Pirate Party in the Paaark”, so residents can expect plenty of swashbuckling fun for all the family!

By popular demand, the successful Barnt Green Weekender is back for a third year – but this time it’s a little different. As well as the outdoor cinema, this year’s event promises a “Psychedelic Bierkeller” complete with a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest beer hall and Oompah band.

It will run on Friday September 8 and Saturday September 9, and tickets are already on sale at

The same weekend brings a second Blackwell Music Festival on September 9, again in the field at Hunters Hill School. More details will be available soon, but for now you can express an interest and get updates on the Facebook page.

Tickets will go on sale on June 1 at Blackwell Stores.

You’ll see details of all the events in future issues of The Village.

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